Cath Avery thought she’d be sharing a room with her twin sister Wren when they went to college (isn’t that the benefit of having a twin?), but her sister has cut her hair into a cute pixie cut and is looking forward to reinventing herself at college. She’s already friends with her roommate and can’t wait to move away from home and their anxious father.
Cath, on the other hand, is deeply outside of her comfort zone. Online, she’s an undisputed queen, an incredibly prolific and popular fanfic writer. Her Simon Snow fanfics are read by thousands of people all over the world. Now she needs to get used to all sorts of new things, like how to talk to her intimidating, beautiful roommate or said roommate’s charming and gregarious boyfriend. She’s taking an advanced writer’s class, even though she’s just a freshman, and her professor is asking a lot of her. She needs to find the courage to actually go have a meal in the cafeteria. She should probably also find out why Wren is so determined to distance herself from her.
It can come as no secret to anyone who has read my reviews over the years that I’m an unashamed Rainbow Rowell fan. She’s one of my favourite authors currently writing, and of all the books she’s written, Fangirl is probably the one that speaks the most directly to me and mirrors much of my own early time at university. I have read the book four times and own it in audio, e-book and paperback. That book gave me Cath and Levi and Reagan, not to mention the first appearances of Simon and Baz (although I love Rowell’s own versions, I’m not quite as fond of Gemma T. Leslie OR Cath’s versions).
Full review here.